Current situation

With fire season ended, most burning in Oregon forestland in the late fall consists of controlled burns to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. The timing of such burns is carefully regulated to minimize the chance of smoke entering heavily populated areas.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Beals Creek Fire nears containment - growth of fire stopped Tuesday night

Firefighters pulled containment lines together on the Beals Creek Fire overnight and will work throughout the day Wednesday to strengthen those trails before calling the 80-acre fire fully contained. Crews have begun mopping up around the perimeter of the fire to prevent further spread.

Resources on the fire today include 108 firefighters, seven engines and four water tenders. Two helicopters are standing by should fire activity increase and test containment lines this afternoon.

The fire was reported at about 10:30 p.m. Monday, July 4th in a remote location between Canyonville and Days Creek. Firefighters from Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA) and surrounding rural fire departments discovered a five acre fire spreading rapidly in one-year old logging slash, timber and young trees. By Tuesday morning the fire had grown to about 55 acres and had peaked to its current size of 80 acres late Tuesday afternoon.

Cooperating agencies on the fire include DFPA, Coos Forest Protective Association, the Oregon Department of Forestry, landowners and several rural fire departments.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding the cause of the fire is asked to contact DFPA at (541) 672-6507 or the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at (541) 440-4471.

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Tom Fields
Public Information Officer
Douglas Forest Protective Association

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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, in the summer of 2017 a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather created conditions that dried forest fuels, allowing fires to start and spread. The result was more than a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Ninety-five percent of these were put out at less than 10 acres.

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The Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects 16 million acres of private and public forestlands from wildfire. This includes all private forestlands in Oregon as well as state and local government-owned forests, along with 2.8 million acres of federal Bureau of Land Management lands in the western part of the state. In total there are about 30.4 million acres of forest in Oregon.

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